Join in the discussion each 1st Thursday of month at 2:30
We also have an Evening Book Club that meets the last Wednesday of every month at 7pm.
This event is free and open to all adults. No registration required.
December 5th ~ How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson. 293 pages, published 2014
Explore the history of innovation, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. From accidental genius and brilliant mistakes – How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects that shape contemporary life.
January 2nd ~ The Mothers by Brit Bennett. 278 pages, published 2016
It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty, when she takes up with Luke Sheppard the local pastor’s son., a 21 year old former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. The pregnancy that results from this teen romance–and the subsequent cover-up–will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth.
February 6th ~ We Are Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. 310 pages, published 2013
Coming of age in middle America, eighteen-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of an endearing chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family member and who Rosemary loved as a sister.
March 5th ~ Never Caught: the Washington’s relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. 253 pages, published 2017
The story of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave, who risked everything to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom.
April 2nd ~ Semiosis by Sue Burke. 333 pages, published 2018
Colonists from Earth wanted the perfect home, but they’ll have to survive on the one they found. They don’t realize another life form watches … and waits … Only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet’s sentient species and prove that humans are more than tools.
*2020 Longwood Gardens Community Read*
May 7th ~ The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan. 340 pages, published 2006
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist brings together an oral history of the American Dust Bowl that devastated the Great Plains during the Great Depression, following several families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region and their desperate struggle to persevere despite the devastation.
June 4th ~ Your Duck is My Duck by Deborah Eisenberg. 240 pages, published 2018
In this collection of six short stories Eisenberg pulls us as if by gossamer threads through her characters–a tormented woman whose face determines her destiny; a group of film actors shocked to read a book about their past; a privileged young man who unexpectedly falls into a love affair with a human rights worker caught up in an all-consuming quest that he doesn’t understand.
July 2nd ~ Blindness by Jose Saramago. 294 pages, published 1997
An epidemic of blindness strikes a city and the result is chaos, the government issuing shoot-to-kill orders. Much of the action is seen through the eyes of a woman who claims to be blind so she won’t be separated from her husband. A look at how people behave under stress.
August 6th ~ Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. 322 pages, published 2009
In 1937 Shanghai, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree—until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth. To repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from Los Angeles to find Chinese brides. Along the way they make terrible sacrifices, face impossible choices, and confront a devastating, life-changing secret.
September 3rd ~ The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner. 204 pages, published 1976
Joe Allston is a retired literary agent who is “killing time before time gets around to killing me.” His parents and his son are long dead, leaving him with neither ancestors nor descendants, tradition nor ties. He passes through life as a spectator. But a postcard from a friend causes him to return to the journals of a trip he had taken years before.
October 1st ~ We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. 214 pages, published 1962
Shirley Jackson’s beloved Gothic tale of a family’s dark secret takes readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, A deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when a cousin arrives at their estate.
November 5th ~ Lost and Wanted: a Novel by Nell Freudenberger. 315 pages, published 2019
Helen Clapp’s breakthrough work on five-dimensional space-time landed her a tenured professorship at MIT and she disdains notions of the supernatural in favor of rational thought and proven ideas. So it’s especially vexing for her when she gets a phone call from a friend who has just died. As Helen is drawn back into Charlie’s orbit, she is forced to question the laws of the universe.
December 3rd ~ Less by Andrew Sean Greer. 261 pages, published 2018
Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend’s wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his fiftieth birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself, and making connections with the past.